Bard SummerScape 2011
July 7 – August 21, 2011"It has long been one of the most intellectually stimulating of all American summer festivals and frequently is one of the most musically satisfying." —The Wall Street Journal
Seven weeks of cultural events—opera, dance, theater, operetta, films, music, cabaret, and more—tuned to the theme of the works and world of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Highlights of SummerScape 2011 include Richard Strauss's opera Die Liebe der Danae and the 22nd annual Bard Music Festival, Sibelius and His World (August 12–14 and 19–21).
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Die Liebe der DanaeIn this unjustly neglected late opera by Richard Strauss, the powerful god Jupiter and the lowly donkey driver Midas compete for the love of the beautiful Danae. Soprano Meagan Miller headlines what is sure to be a highlight of the festival season.
July 29 and August 5 at 7 pm
July 31, August 3, and August 7 at 3 pm
Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90
Listen to Leon Botstein's July 31 Opera Talk on Die Liebe der Danae (approx. 60 minutes).
Bard Music Festival
Sibelius and His WorldThe 22nd Bard Music Festival will focus on the life and times of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whose startling, intense compositions evoke a range of powerful and unique associations—an imaginary sonic vision of mythic tales, Nordic landscape, and the haunting sounds of a midsummer night.
August 12-14 and August 19-21